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Florida police believe missing brothers were taken by ‘anti-government’ parents

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Authorities in Florida believe two missing boys are being held on a sailboat by their “anti-government” father and mother.

WTVJ-TV reported on Friday that 4-year-old Cole Hakken and his 2-year-old brother Chase are believed to have been taken from their maternal grandmother’s home on April 3 by their father, 35-year-old Joshua Hakken. Hakken allegedly broke into the home and tied her down with zip-ties.

Police said Joshua Hakken subsequently sailed out of the area on a 25-foot, 1972 Morgan sailboat with the two children and his wife, 34-year-old Sharyn Hakken. They are thought to be headed toward the Gulf of Mexico.

According to NBC News, The boys’ grandmother was awarded custody over them following Joshua Hakken’s arrest in June 2012 for drug possession and allegedly selling narcotics in front of them at an “anti-government rally.”

Officials with the Slidell Police Department said in a release on April 4 that the couple acted “in a bizarre manner” during that arrest, telling them they were “completing their ultimate journey” and planned to “take a journey to the Armageddon.”

WPTV-TV reported that a search of Joshua Hakken’s home turned up items ranging from an Ethernet card and a list of contacts to an ad for a local funeral parlor.

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Trump is ‘completely shutting down’ oversight: CNN’s Toobin slams the White House’s move to limit Hope Hicks testimony

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On Tuesday, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin tore into President Donald Trump's White House for moving to limit what former Communications Director Hope Hicks can tell the House Judiciary Committee in her upcoming testimony.

Hope Hicks, a former communications official at the White House, will testify behind closed doors tomorrow in the House of Representatives, the Judiciary Committee," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "But the White House is now saying she has immunity — she doesn't have to answer questions regarding the time she served in the White House."

"You said she's going to give testimony," said Toobin. "I believe she will attend the hearing. I think that's the accurate way to put this."

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WATCH LIVE: Trump’s 2020 campaign launch in Orlando

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President Donald Trump's fans stood in a storm through Florida as they awaited being let into the Amway Center for the 2020 campaign launch. Meanwhile, the Orlando Sentinal was dropping a truth bomb on their reasons for endorsing "Not Trump."

Outside the Orlando rally, as fans were getting drenched, the president was leaving the White House ranting about how there were "both sides" to the false conviction of the Central Park Five. And once supporters finally made it inside the Amway Center, they were greeted with a message from a booming 1984-esque voice telling Trump supporters what to do if there are protesters.

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Trump had two goals in ramping up pressure on Iran — and he’s failing at both: CNN

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he doesn't want war with Iran, which would likely put him at odds with his more bellicose advisers like John Bolton.

That being said, the president clearly believes he can bully Iran into unconditional submission to whatever the United States demands. And Iran is having none of it, escalating its own acts of maritime aggression and proclaiming they have missile technology capable of striking U.S. aircraft carriers.

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